Rappel the Makhtesh Ramon in Israel

I recently went rappelling down the side of a cliff in the desert of Israel.

This is what I now tell people when they ask me about the most amazing experience. However, it is usually followed with that "there is a whole world to see. So, I'm not picking my choices yet."

Anyway, Deep Desert Israel took me on an off-road tour through the Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) - a unique geological phenomenon, makhteshes seem to only happen in this part of the world. Not really a crater by definition – a cavity in the ground caused by an explosion or impact of a meteorite – rather, it is caused by millions of years of erosion.

Deep Desert Israel led us on a very rocky, bumpy and at some point treacherous journey inside 4x4 trucks, touring the makhtesh floor, making stops to learn about the history, trace animal tracks and explore the unique desert plants that actually survive there.
Then, I did something that I never imagined that I would do - rapel the cliffside of the makhtesh. The makhtesh is 25-miles wide, and 1640-feet deep. For this thrill of hanging off a cliff, we walked backwards down the desert wall about 40 feet.

Read about more desert adventure that you can do in my piece for USA TODAY HERE.

Watch my rappelling adventures below!

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